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ENTER TO WIN YOUR MYSTIQUE NATURAL STARTER KIT

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MYSTIQUE NATURAL Hair & Body has created a new business opportunity for naturalistas that will transform their lives, families and communities by providing:

  • Education– One of the greatest needs within the natural hair community is education on the physiology of textured and various types of hair; and support on how to care, style and maintain the health of our precious tresses.
  • Self & Texture Acceptance – As we learn to love and embrace ourselves…we can learn to love and embrace the beauty that each kinky, curly and coily strand has to offer in all of its textured glory.
  • Support & Network– As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child”, in our cause, “It takes a community to support, nurture, and encourage a naturalista”. We must create a healthy network designed to support one another through this life changing journey.
  • Economic Empowerment- As more and more general market companies “jump on the natural hair bandwagon”, there is little to no reinvestment of resources into the customers they serve. Nor were they creating income or wealth building opportunities for ‘our’ communities.

Simply put, MYSTIQUE NATURAL will show you how to:

  1. Get paid for wearing your natural hair,
  2. Own your own business,
  3. Choose your business partners,
  4. Build power teams
  5. Maintain financial liberation.

Contest ends Friday August 19, 2016

Email your interest here – contact@ctckmagazine.com

Angela Turner

Hair Porosity – What does it mean?

August 4, 2016

Hair porosity
What does it mean?

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Hair Porosity Levels

Hair porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture. Your genetic makeup plays a huge role in what determines how porous your hair is. External factors such as heat styling, chemical processing, and even exposure to the elements can affect your hair’s porosity levels. It is almost crucial to know and understand the porosity level of your hair to help you choose the right products for a hair regimen that results in well-moisturized, strong, healthy hair.

The most popular way to determine your hair’s porosity level is to demonstrate ‘The Water Test’, or ‘The Float Test’. You’ll simply take a few strands of your hair that has been shed, from a comb or brush, and place them in a cup of water for several minutes. If your hair strands float at the top of the cup, your hair has low porosity. If the strands sink in the water immediately, your hair has high porosity; however, if they sink slowly it is considered normal porosity.

Low Porosity

Low porosity hair has a compact cuticle layer with overlapping scales that lay flat. Hair with a low porosity level is resistant and often repels moisture when you try to wet it. You’ll notice that it will take your hair a long time to dry and products tend to build up on curls rather than absorb into your hair.

For low porosity hair, use moderate heat when deep conditioning which will aid in opening up the tightly bound cuticle. A steamer, hooded dryer, or even a warm towel are great ways to prep your hair and help products better absorb into the hair. Avoid protein rich conditioners as they lead to additional build up on low porous hair. Also, be sure to apply styling products on hair that is damp and not drenched.

Normal Porosity

Hair with a normal porosity level requires little maintenance is usually easily manageable. The cuticles lay flat easily allowing moisture to penetrate the hair. This level holds styles very well and your hair can be colored with expected results. You should continue to include deep conditioning treatments in your regimen to maintain regular product absorption.

High Porosity

High Porosity hair has raised cuticles, gaps and holes, which let too much moisture into your hair, leaving it prone to frizz. Your hair will often look and feel dry to the touch. High porous hair will absorb water very quickly and it is often necessary to use more products when styling. It is best to use leave-in conditioners and moisturizers with this level of porosity that’ll lock in moisture into your hair. The L.O.C Method – Leave-in, Oil, Cream – is a great way to layer and seal in the moisture.

When styling try to avoid heat when possible and always rinse with cold water to seal the hair’s cuticle to prevent frizz. Be sure to use anti-humectants in climates with high heat and humidity. This will help seal your damaged cuticles and prevent them from absorbing any excess moisture within the air.

Written by Julie Thomas

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